Good afternoon, everyone. It amazes me that so many people assume that being a writer is easy. It isn’t. It also surprises me that most seem to think that all one has to do to become a writer is to sit down, type a book and voila! You have a finished product. Wrong! It isn’t that simple.
My take on being a writer is this: The first draft of anything is always CRAP! Always! The second and third drafts aren’t so hot either. You don’t just sit down and write a book, expecting to produce a finished product. You rewrite it several times, then you edit…and edit…and edit. And when you edit, it takes more than correcting misspellings, bad punctuation and capitalization. You must also tie up any loose ends that you may have left in your story.
Editing takes repetition. When you edit, your eyes will get tired and you will often miss a few mistakes. Once your eyes get weary, you have to get up, leave it alone for a while, then start again with fresh eyes.
Next, you must publish your work. If you choose to go the traditional route and find an agent. Know that you will get a thousand rejections before you find an agent willing to promote your work and that is, IF you ever do find one. If you go the indy (independent) route and decide to self-publish, you will need to be your own agent and promote your own manuscript.
Writing takes patience and hard work. Being a writer can even frustrating at times. However, I still love and respect the craft! Writing is my passion…my first love and I will never stop doing what I love!